Bleach is a common household item that is often misused in both residential and commercial settings causing an unhealthy environment and damaging surfaces and equipment. Here is what you need to know about bleach if you plan to use as a disinfectant.
- Bleach, when used correctly and according the , kills many types of germs and bacteria including emerging viral pathogens including Coronavirus.
- Bleach deteriorates quickly. Once the bottle is open and air is introduced to the product the efficacy will be reduced by 50% in 90 days. Bleach also has an expiration date on the label. If past the expiration date, the product will not be effective.
- Bleach is effective in combatting mold but only on smooth non-porous surfaces.
- Bleach does not contain surfactants and therefore is not a cleaner.
- When bleach is introduced to ammonia it creates chloramine gas which is hazardous to humans and animals. Urine contains ammonia as do cleaners containing Quaternary Ammonium, neither of which should come into contact with bleach.
- When beach is combined with common dish detergents it can create Mustard Gas which is also hazardous to humans and animals.
- Bleach is extremely corrosive and will break down and eventually destroy metal surfaces such as kitchen equipment and drain hardware.
Bleach has many practical uses but only when used properly. If you have questions about the use of bleach or other professional cleaning chemicals please contact Imperial Dade. We have experienced consultants who can perform a complimentary assessment of your cleaning products and practices. Visit us at www.ImperialDade.com.